Wheel of Fortune also known as the Big Six Wheel is a popular casino game, often found at county fairs, which can also be played at many online casinos. The game is played with a large vertical wheel divided into 54 slots with different symbols on them.
In live casinos the wheel segments are divided by spokes or pins and a small pointer slows the wheel down after its been spun and it eventually stops indicating the winning slot. The symbols on the Wheel of Fortune are: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, a Joker sign and a casino logo.
The Wheel of Fortune game begins with players placing their bets on the signs they believe will come up. When the wagers are made the casino dealer spins the wheel and the winners are determined by the slot in which the pointer stops.
The sign of the slot indicates the winner's payout rather than the amount of money they've won. Although the wheel signs are marked $, the number next to the symbol does not mean the amount of money the player has won. For example, if you place a $5 bet on a $1 slot and the wheel stops on $1 the casino pays you $5, on the other hand a $1 bet on $20 slot actually pays $20. The Joker and the casino logo bets usually pay 40:1.
Different symbols occupy a different number of slots on the wheel. There are twenty four $1 symbols which is the most and Joker and the casino logo can only be found on one of the slots each. This affects both the odds of winning and the payouts – the more symbols there are on the wheel the less is the pay. Therefore $1 pays only 1:1 as it is the most common symbol on the wheel.
This table shows the payouts on the Wheel of Fortune, the number of each symbol on the slots and the house edge.
|Symbol||Pay||Spots On Wheel||House Edge %|
|$1||1 to 1||24||11.1|
|$2||2 to 1||15||16.67|
|$5||5 to 1||7||22.22|
|$10||10 to 1||4||18.52|
|$20||20 to 1||2||22.22|
|Joker||40 to 1||1||24.07|
|Casino Logo||40 to 1||1||24.07|
Wheel of Fortune Strategy
As there are 54 slots on the Wheel of Fortune, the chances of hitting one of them are 53:1. However, because different symbols appear on the wheel a different number of times, the odds of winning when betting on them are not the same. The safest wager is $1, therefore the payout is only 1:1. Although the Wheel of Fortune is not the best paying casino game it can still bring you big money.
40:1 bet seems tempting and with a bit of luck it might multiply your wager 40 times – this is actually the reason why people choose to play Wheel of Fortune in the first place. But if you prefer a more tight and safe game, the best way to get payed in Wheel of Fortune is to bet on $1 which is most likely to come up. Many Big 6 players note that a large bet on a more likely number can net the same profit as a small bet on a long shot.
There are some Wheel of Fortune strategies (and superstitions) when it comes to live casino play. One of them is to keep an eye on the tracking patterns – observe the game for awhile and then bet on the numbers that occur the most. Another way is to count how many times the wheel spins around before it stops. The belief is that the dealer might fall into the same spinning rhythm which would make it easier to track when the Joker or the casino symbol will come up. However, these cannot be actually applied in online casinos as they employ RNG's which deny any chance of reoccurring patterns.